Enraged by the appearance of Bristol Palin on the popular competition show “Dancing with the Stars,” a Wisconsin man shot his television, triggering a standoff with police on Nov. 15
Steven Cowan, 66, of Vermont, Wis., viewed the program and grew angry during Palin’s dance routine on the show, launching into a tirade about politics before getting a gun and shooting his TV. Palin, 20, is the daughter of former Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Cowan then pointed the gun at his wife, Janice, who told the Associated Press that her husband suffers from bipolar disorder and had been drinking alcohol before the incident took place. She also said he was stressed by financial difficulties.
Cowan’s shot led to a 15-hour standoff with local police, who, backed up by a SWAT team, coaxed him out of his home on the morning of Nov. 16. He faces a charge of disorderly conduct and weapons charges, according to court documents posted on the Web site The Smoking Gun.
“Steven was upset that a political figure’s daughter was dancing on this particular show when Steven did not think she was a good dancer,” according to the complaint
The turbulent week for the “Dancing with the Stars” crew continued when a staff member on Nov. 19 found an envelope containing a menacing letter and mysterious white powder. The substance was later found to be talcum powder.
Los Angeles fire officials said in a statement that they would not confirm or deny whether Palin was the intended target of the letter.